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Tribute to Bob Marcus - Report May 15, 2022 - guest flutist Carl Gutowski and pianist Toshiko Jones

Tribute to Bob Marcus

(1934 - 2022)

co-founder and supporter of Open Mic Classical, scientist, sculptor, viola player, humanist, friend,

husband of Johanna Marcus

With sadness in our hearts are letting you know that OMC co-founder, and supporter Bob Marcus passed away on Wednesday May 11, 2022. We grieve with his wife Johanna and all who knew and loved him.

Bob had an amazing career in science, and this was reflected in everything he did after his retirement as an amazingly talented sculptor, viola enthusiast, co-founder Open Mic Classical, and as a member of a humanist group on Cape Cod, just to mention a few. One of Bob’s sculptures is in the garden of the UU Church Brewster, and he also sculpted the chalice hanging in the Brewster UU Church.

Thank you for flutist Carl Gutowski for playing a tribute piece for Bob Marcus, our co-founder. It could not have been more fitting, "Suite the Ballet" by composer Vaughn Williams, as Bob's sculptures reflected his love for dancing.

Flutist Carl Gutowski - from Open Mic Classical to Carnegie Hall and back to Open Mic Classical May 15th, 2022, once again, to delight us, and amaze us with the variety of pieces and styles, fresh like our Cape Cod Spring. Carl also introduced us to pianist Toshiko Jones, who is a wonderful collaborative pianist from NY City. They gave us an unforgettable performance, and standing ovation if you can imagine that at an online Zoom event. For more info on Carl visit


Mónika Veress, clarinetist and co-founder OMC, played a tribute piece in memory of Bob Marcus who she will miss not only as a partner she worked with to bring you Open Mic Classical, but also as a friend they have become over the past nine years. On the left Open Mic Classical sculpture by Bob Marcus.


16 years old Tony Santos, student of Sylvia Karkus Furash, amazed us with two piano pieces. Bach's Italian Concerto BWV 971 ii and Schumann's Papillons -Op. 7 Intro, #1,2,3,4,5 Finale.

Tony presented the pieces with great confidence, and played them with sensibility ahead of his years. Thank you Tony for representing the youth on the Cape Cod classical music scene. Gives us hope this Cape Cod Spring.


Open Mic Classical, May 15th, 2022 inspired a playful little poem. A poet blown away by the amazing talent, and inspired by the music, wrote this poem on the spot as listening to our musicians play. Thank you.


A beautiful tribute was presented in memory of OMC co-founder Bob Marcus by WOMR Radio, Cafe Classicale with radio host Felice Coral Monday, May 16th, 2022.

Click on this website , scroll down to the Outermost Radio on Demand, click on May 16 Cafe Classicale, and the tribute starts at minute 62.

To read this in newsletter format click here:


"This program is supported in part by a grant from the Brewster Cultural Council, Chatham Cultural Council, Orleans Cultural Council, Sandwich Cultural Council local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency."

Our Open Mic Classical Online is supported by Mass Cultural Council Cultural Investment Portfolio Projects Program FY22


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